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OKG Newsletter


Topic: The Beatles

U.S. Royalty — Mirrors

Vital folk celebrating the Midwest


Folk

Stephen Carradini
One of the best love letters I’ve ever heard to the beauty of the Midwest is Rich Mullins’ “Calling Out Your Name” (who, despite being a solidly Christian artist, counts indie mainstay The Mountain Goats among his many fans). Quickly climbing the list is “Equestrian” by U.S. Royalty, off their new album, “Mirrors.”
 
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Billy Joel — Live at Shea Stadium: The Concert

You're sorely missed, Bill.


Rock

Rod Lott
Old Billy Joel songs fit like a glove — a baseball glove, in the case of “Live at Shea Stadium,” a recording of the Piano Man’s 2008 concerts at the iconic New York stadium before it was destroyed the following year.
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Bob Dylan — In Concert: Brandeis University

A must-have for Dylan collectors


Folk

Rob Collins
A year before The Beatles exploded on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” Bob Dylan planned to perform “Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues” in the spring of 1963 for a national TV audience.
 
Monday, March 28, 2011

Hold On!

Like the Beatles, only with lesser music and more entertaining filmmaking


Comedy

Rod Lott
From 1966, "Hold On!" is basically Herman's Hermits' version of The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night," but with music that's not as good, yet is more fun to watch. Yeah, I said it.
 
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Roy Orbison — The Monument Singles Collection (1960-1964)

Classic songwriter gets a massive, well-deserved re-release


Pop

Stephen Carradini
Having long enjoyed Roy Orbison’s radio singles, I’m glad to see a massive set of his tunes see a re-release.
 
Friday, May 13, 2011
uglysuitawwshucks

A little metro music

Releases in short from around the area

OKC’s defunct indie heroes The Uglysuit released their long-awaited final LP Tuesday. “Awwww, Shucks” is available via iTunes and eMusic, with streaming listening on Bandcamp. Read more about the band’s last hurrah here.



It’s a daunting task to take on a whole album of Jimi Hendrix tunes, but OKC blues/rock guitarist Phil Brown has done just that with “The Jimi Project.” The 12-song album collects faithful renditions of well-known cuts (“Voodoo Child,” “Are You Experienced?”) and lesser-known tunes (“Manic Depression,” “One Rainy Wish”), while Brown’s soulful vocals put a bit of a different spin on the tunes. Catch him as leader of the Phil Brown Trio from 7-8:30 p.m. Sunday as part of the 2011 Devon Energy Sunday Twilight Concert Series (wow, that’s a mouthful) on the Grand Lawn of the Myriad Botanical Gardens.

Normanite Two Suns, whose self-titled EP recently got some Gazette ink, has released two tracks from his July 11 EP, “Self-Addressed.” His artsy electronic pop is infused with a bit more muscle and confidence, showing that Two Suns could have some high highs if he keeps pursuing this growth.




Max Ridgway, longtime instructor of guitar at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, recently released “A Little Night Music,” an eight-track affair of originals and covers. The collection opens with “BB Blues” by Larry Coryell, who will headline next Friday’s second night of the Jazz in June festival in Norman. The pleasing collection of jazz, blues and rock includes versions of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” and The Beatles’ “Come Together” and “Help!” The latter Lennon/McCartney tune is heavily modified in a gravelly blues style, while the former is relatively unchanged. The originals show a strong sense of melody, and should be of interest to both blues and jazz fans.

Fans of the Zac Brown Band’s country/Southern rock/pop amalgam should snap up the self-titled album from Dead Man’s Bluff. Their most notable songs are more aggressive than the melodic pop version of country that’s currently dominating the radio (“The Line,” “What You Did”), but the band also can lighten up and have fun musically (“This Song,” “Better Luck,” “Oklahoma Blues”). The lyrics stay pretty downtrodden, however, which is a downside. —Stephen Carradini
by Stephen Carradini 06.16.2011 2 years ago
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The Ladybug Transistor — Clutching Stems

It's all about the tunes, man


Indie

Stephen Carradini
The Ladybug Transistor’s pop songs are elegant constructions.
 
Thursday, July 7, 2011

Soundcheck: The Wurly Birds — Turns


Music

Joshua Boydston
It’s obvious The Wurly Birds want to take you back, way back. The affection for The Beatles’ perfect pop-rock ballads couldn’t be more clear, and in “Turns,” the Oklahoma City five-piece does that golden standard proud.
 
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

VOTD: A Flips two-fer

'Is David Bowie Dying?' to hear the Flaming Lips' cover of 'She's So Heavy'?

Remnants of The Flaming Lips’ epic, two-part New Year’s Eve Freakout #5 continue their fallout across the Internet with a pair of Delo Creative videos that I proudly helped to shoot.

First up is a trippy new track called “Is David Bowie Dying?” It featured special guest Alan Palomo, whom you may know as Neon Indian. I spoke with Palomo after his second-night opening set before the Lips went on, and the guy was one of the most endearing, friendly musicians I’ve ever encountered. Watch him and Steven Drozd get into a fight to see whose instrument can make more video game bleep-bloops:



And second is The Lips’ Nels Cline-assisted cover of The Beatles’ blues-addicted guitar standard “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).” They played it both nights, each with the jam stretched for more than 15 hypnotic minutes. I seriously thought my arms were going to give out from holding my camera up for that long. My personal challenge to you: Watch this thing all the way through. If not, then here are a couple of highlights:

• Alan Palomo’s nerdily enthusiastic fist-pump.
• A signature Nels Cline-contorting-his-body-so-frenetically-that-you-think-his-neck’s-gonna-snap-right-off-his-shoulders-’cause-he’s-kinda-old crazy extended guitar solo.
• Fans looking pissed because of all the instrumental wanking going on.



by Matt Carney 01.26.2012 2 years ago
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